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April, 1999 Archive

Headlines For Friday, April 30th

[Updated 5:18 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 5:18 PM] Throughout the afternoon we have added a news summary for IMG and lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 1:40 PM] We have added several Mac headline links.
[Updated 11:47 AM] We start off with a news summary from MGL and MacInTouch, and columns from Low End Mac, MacOPINION, Applelinks, and MacOPINION as well as lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[3:58 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Apple Up 3 Points To 15 Week High
Apple has crested a new high today, closing at 46, up 3 points or a rise of 6.98%. Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple steps a little closer to the US$50 range today. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:24 PM]
Apple Alumnus Heidi Roizen Made Partner In Sotfbank
Apple Alumnus Heidi Roizen has been made a full partner and Mentor Capitalist in venture capitalist giant Softbank. Heidi was widely credited with rescuing software developer relations for Apple under Gil Amelio. Apple had a bleak record with many developers, but Ms. Roizen was able to keep many developers from leaving the fold. This was due in part because Ms. Roizen was herself a developer as well as the CEO of T/Maker. Ms. Roizen left Apple shortly after Steve Jobs took over the company in 1997. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:43 PM]
Adobe Settles Lawsuit Over Software Piracy
Adobe has settled a lawsuit with a computer retailer called Westwood Computer & Networking. The issue involved alleged complaints that Westwood was removing "Educational" labels on software packaging and selling them as full versions. Adobe Educational pricing is far lower than full version pricing. Read more about the settlement in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[12:52 PM]
Mac Mail Order Powerhouse Sees 114% Growth In Mac CPU Unit Sales
Zones International, the parent company of MacZone, has announced a profitable quarter and generally excellent results. Those results include a marked growth in Mac CPU unit sales and a healthy increase in overall Mac sales. While Mac CPU sales grew by a larger percentage than their PC counterparts 114% vs. 47% respectively, overall Mac sales grew at a slower pace than overall Wintel sales, 12.9% vs 22.6% respectively. We have the numbers in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Zones International is certainly a healthy company. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[12:19 PM]
MacAddict One Of Four Tech Mags That Sees Growth
In the age of Internet news magazines that are more numerous than Klingons at a Star Trek Convention, most print high-tech magazines have seen declining circulation and print-ad space. This has been especially true in the Mac market as Ziff-Davis squandered such national treasures as MacWeek and MacUser. Today however, the good people at MacAddict have announced that they were one of only four high-tech print mags to see an increase in circulation AND print-ad pages in the 1st quarter of 1999. Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Is it getting boring yet? It seems that of late there is not a day that passes where something is not announced indicating that the Mac market is healthier than it has been in a very long time. Read about why this is a very important indicator for the Mac market in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Opinion
Bill Troop
"Apple's High End Dilemma: Give Us Six Slots!"
It's hard to criticize Apple this quarter. Apple is doing unexpectedly well, and PC juggernauts like Compaq are doing unexpectedly bad. But here goes.

The problem is Apple's hardware commitment to high end users who need six (or more) slot machines, serial ports, and built-in SCSI. It was brought into sharp focus by last week's NAB convention. The highlight turned out to be the news that AVID, the mainstay Mac video editing powerhouse, has done its last Mac version. It'll be Windows NT from here on out.

Read This Opinion

Headlines For Thursday, April 29th

[Updated 4:45 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 4:45 PM] We have added a news summary for IMG, a column from MacWeek and several more Mac headline links.
[Updated 4:24 PM] We have added a great column from Applelinks and several more Mac headline links.
[Updated 4:08 PM] We have added lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 11:10 AM] We start off with a news summary from MGL and MacInTouch, and columns from Low End Mac, MacOPINION, and Low End Mac as well as lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[3:51 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Tech Sector Downturn Drags Apple Down Again
Apple's stock has taken another downturn today as the tech sector at Nasdaq saw losses across the board. IBM, Dell, Gateway, Hewlett-Packard, and Compaq all fell as Apple also fell 9/16 to 41 1/16 or 1.35%.

As we said yesterday, Apple would have likely fallen more had Goldman Sachs not raised Apple's rating to a "Recommended Buy" two days ago.

The Mac Observer Spin: This marks the second day of lower prices for Apple's stock after a remarkable 30% rise the preceding 4 days. The stock is still up over 15% from its low last week. And anything above 40 is significantly more healthy than the 30's range Apple wallowed in for the last couple of months.

It is interesting to see Apple only mildly effected by ripples in the market. It's almost as if Wall Street thinks Apple is a real company. :-)

Apple

[3:12 PM]
New Technology For Touch Screen Powered iMacs Announced
A company called Elo TouchSystems has announced that they have developed touchscreens that will be used in iMacs. Though the details were short, iMacs with these touchscreens were showed at KioskCom 99. The company is using a technology which allows them to read pressure directly on the

The Mac Observer Spin: While we are awaiting word back from Elo TouchSystems and Apple, this product is not aimed at consumers. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:50 PM]
Steve Jobs And Avie Tevanian To Address Developers Conference
Apple has officially announced that iCEO Steve Jobs and Avie Tevanian will officially kick off the Worldwide Developer's Conference. According to Apple:

At this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, Steve Jobs, Apple's interim CEO, and Avie Tevanian, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering, will give developers an overview of Apple's software "roadmap," including the first in-depth look at Mac® OS X, Apple's next-generation operating system.

The presentation will be held Monday, May 10, 1999, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. PDT at the San Jose Convention Center, Hall 2, 150 W. San Carlos St. (between Almaden and Woz Way).

The Mac Observer Spin: This year's WDC should be the best on in years. More developers and Apple's recent success should everyone in top spirits. Hopefully Mssrs. Jobs and Tevanian will take the opportunity to announce a new product or two.

Apple

[1:24 PM]
Electrifier Raises US$1.5 Million In Financing
Electrifier, the maker of multimedia content environment Electrifier Pro, has announced they have raised US$1.5 million in a new round of financing. The company also announced it had attracted some big names to back the company. This will probably come in handy as the company continues to look for another US$4 million in additional financing. Read more about this in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: We have talked about this before, but Electrifier's success warrants emphasizing it again. Mac developers able to attract financing is one of the most important signs that the Mac market is a healthy one. In fact, it may be the most important sign. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[12:31 PM]
Text Cleaner Gets An Update
Studio 405 has released an update for Text Cleaner. The new version has a moniker of 1.52 and includes minor changes. Read about this update in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[12:07 PM]
Aladdin Releases Update For Stuffit Expander
Aladdin Systems has posted an update to Stuffit Expander that brings the utility to version 5.1.3. The new version changes the way preferences are set during the installation process. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
Ask Dave
"Word Problems, Power Strips, Swapping Motherboards, and Disk Errors"
Hello there! Welcome to the land of "Ask Dave" once again. As it is each week, I'm here answering your questions about all things Macintosh. This week's no different, and there's some juicy info below for you. One thing I have added is another "Observer Call" about upgrading a Performa 6200. But read on! All will be made much clearer in the end! Of course, if you have a question that you'd like to see answered, please e-mail me and I'll do everything I can to get you a solution!

Read Ask Dave

Headlines For Wednesday, April 28th

[Updated 4:54 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 4:54 PM] We have added columns from Mackweek, and oodles of headline links throughout this afternoon.
[Updated 4:26 PM] We have added a news summary for IMG, an updated news summary for MGL, a column from Applelinks, and lots of headline links throughout this afternoon.
[Updated 11:15 AM] We start off with a news summary from MGL and MacInTouch, and columns from Low End Mac, as well as lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[3:38 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Profit Taking Claims 3.69% As Apple Drops 1 11/16
After 4 straight days of big jumps in Apple's stock price, profit taking claimed a little less than 4% of Apple's value. The stock closed at 44 1/16, down 1 11/16 or 3.69%. Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Most stocks will see a little loss after such a quick rise. In fact, had Goldman Sachs not raised Apple rating yesterday from "Market Perform" to "Recommended Buy," Apple would probably have taken a bigger nosedive than it did. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:15 PM]
New Connectivity Solution Offers Simple SOHO Networking/Firewall
BeadleNet has released a new product called SOHO2000 that offers networking and firewall protection. SOHO2000 promises to make networking far easier to set up with features that include automatic OS detection that offers the right setup mode based on that detection. We have a lot more information about this product in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: This product sounds very interesting and could represent a big step towards consumer level networking. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:34 PM]
Active Concepts Updates Log Analyzer Web Funnel
Active COncepts has released an update to Funnel Web, bringing the log analyzing tool to version 3.1. The new version includes increased performance in DNS resolution and other areas of the software. Read more about this marked upgrade in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[12:48 PM]
MacSoft Says Falcon 4 Shipping Soon
MacSoft has announced that Falcon 4 is almost ready and will be released in May. Westlake Interactive, the company contracted by MacSoft to port Falcon 4, will be finishing the game shortly. Falcon 4 is a popular flight sim on the PC side and has been eagerly awaited by Mac gaming fans. Read more about the game in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[12:23 PM]
New Myth Announcement And Forum Community Launches
The creator of a new Myth community called The Myth Market and Forum sent us a note saying they had launched. The Myth Market and Forum is a place to place and read announcements, add and see an online calendar of events, and talk via forums.

The site uses Excite's extensive services and looks like it will become a major hangout for Myth fans. Go check it out!

Myth Market and Forum

[11:36 AM]
Default Folder Gets An Update
St. Clair Software has released an update for the extremely popular utility Default Folder, bringing it to version 3.02. The update brings improved Kaleidoscope support and improved support for Apple's Nav Services. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Ful Story

Column
My First Mac Was A Typewriter
"A Hunting We Will Go"
When I was a kid I was a prolific reader, but a terrible speller. My mother, who learned to read using phonics, was an excellent speller; but whenever I asked her how to spell something she told me to go look it up in the dictionary. I would get so angry because I didn't know how I was supposed to look something up in the dictionary if I didn't already know how to spell it.

A reader recently suggested that I pick a topic to research and follow it from start to finish. He said that if he could then “trace my steps” it would be easier for him. I though this was a great suggestion and have been trying to think of a good subject to research. Today it landed in my lap.

Read The Name of the Game

 
Headlines For Tuesday, April 27th

Top Story:
[4:19 PM]
Apple Stock Watch Continues: Up Another 11% As Apple Hits 15 Week High!
Apple's stock has made another leap for the 4th straight day closing at 45 3/4! That represent That is a rise of 4 13/16 or another 11.76% on top of the 18.02% that stock has risen since Wednesday of last week. Combined, Apple's stock price has risen 29.78% in only 4 days. Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: We mentioned yesterday, last week, and the week before that other Wall Street money managers would be jumping on the "We Love Apple" bandwagon, but today's events were even better than hoped. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[Updated 4:59 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 4:59 PM] We have been addinga lots of Mac headline links throughout the afternoon.
[Updated 2:25 PM] We added a column from MacKiDo and lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 11:23 AM] We start off with a news summary from MGL and MacInTouch, columns from Applelinks, MacSoldiers, and MacOPINION, as well as an awful lot of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[2:29 PM]
New Mac App Sets Up & Submits Web Sites To Search Engines
Voget Selbach Enterprises have released the first Mac app that will submit your web sites to the major search engines for you. In addition, the application will make HTML pages that are catered to search engine listing criteria and even includes an FTP client to help you do upload these pages to your site. This application is named VSE Be Found. Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Outstanding! VSE Be Found fills a vacancy that many web designers and webmasters have needed filled for some time. We have not tested this application yet, but we will be doing so ASAP.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:24 PM]
Chalk Up Another Wall Street Fan Of Apple
Another Wall Street analyst has added their voice to proclaiming Apple's value. Goldman Sachs has upgraded Apple's rating from "Market Perform" to "Recommended Buy." Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: The beat goes on. Apple's stock is slowly gaining the momentum their products have been gaining. It took a while, but Apple is finally getting its due. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[12:46 PM]
Get Free Ice Cream Courtesy of Quicktime Streaming and Mac OS X Server (oh, and of course, Ben and Jerry's!)
What is the connection between Ben and Jerry's and Apple technologies? Read about it in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's always good to support those that support the Mac and our staff is now taking a break to do just that...

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[12:11 PM]
Apple Throws Secret Lombard/PowerBook Party At NAB
[Editor's Note: Observer Steve Hart reminded us that this report is actually an InfoWorld report that CNN is posting. Thanks Mr.Hart!]

An InfoWorld article posted at CNN is reporting that Apple showed off the next generation PowerBook at a secret meeting at NAB. As Mac news and rumor sites have been reporting for months, the notebook is going to be super slim. Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Sure is fun to see CNN pay Apple so much attention. Funny how success can do that for a company. :-)

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[11:58 AM]
Battle For Domain Name Between Apple And Teen Resolved
Reuters is reporting that Apple and Abdul Traya have resolved their court battle on the domain appleimac.com. Mr. Traya had registered the domain in an effort to draw traffic to his web hosting business, an effort that Apple took exception to. Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: It would have been interesting to see how this would have ended up in court. With Apple's superior resources, they would have likely won to be sure. Apple should have taken the opportunity to score some massive PR points by making a donation to Mr. Traya's school. Read more int he Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
The Name of the Game
"SCi Speaks Up About Carmageddon 3 (that's right),Cheats, Apple, and T2 Steering Wheels"
Randy: Wow, after last weeks Carmageddon 2 article, the feedback has been really overwhelming.
Gary:
I'll say, And who knew how many T2 steering wheels were out there?
Randy:
So we figured we had better get on the horn and give the good folks at SCi a call and pass on some questions from our readers, instead of just making up stuff like we usually do.
Gary:
Good point. I was running out of fake stuff to say.
Randy:
We were fortunate enough to get to talk with SCi's PR guru, David Ratcliffe. Due to the fact that we're transcribing this interview from our handwritten notes, we'll be paraphrasing a good bit here. But remember: no made up stuff this time.

Read The Name of the Game

Headlines For Monday, April 26th

[Updated 5:18 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 5:18 PM] We have added a news summary of IMG and even more Mac headline links.
[Updated 4:40 PM] We have added lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 2:51 PM] We have added lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 12:43 PM] We start off with a news summary from MGL and MacInTouch, columns from Applelinks, Low End Mac, MacSoldiers, and MacOPINION, as well as lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[3:50 PM]
Apple's Stock Watch Continues: Another 12 Week High/More Media Interest
Apple's stock climb continues for the third straight trading day closing at 40 15/16, up 1 3/4 or another 4.47%. This follows a gain of over 13% during the last two days of last week. This marks the first time since February 1st that Apple has closed over 40 making today's close a 12 week high.Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: It is possible that some investors will get out now that Apple is back in the same neighborhood as it was after MacWorld in January of this year. But we should see more institutional investors and other heavy weights jumping onto he bandwagon.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:43 PM]
Griffin Technology Updates Drivers For 3 iMac Products
Griffin Technology has updated the drivers for three of its iMac products including the iPort, iMate, and gPort. All three have been given increased performance and other features. Read more about it in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:29 PM]
Black Cat Systems Updates Shortwave Decoding Progam
Black Cat Systems has released an update to MultiMode their code decoder for Ham Radio and shortwave radio operators. The new version brings support for a transmission form called PSK31. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:52 PM]
Games Galore Coming To The Mac!
Our good friends at The Mac Gamer's Ledge have sent us word on some great developments in Mac gaming. It appears that in addition to Madden NFL 2000, Half-Life, and Diablo 2 coming to the Mac, Baldur's Gate and Descent III are also coming!

Go check out the Mac Gamer's Ledge for the full story.

Mac Gamer's Ledge

[1:49 PM]
Apple's Good Fortune Doesn't Flow To Boca Research
Last quarter Boca Research had outstanding results that we said was a good sign. This quarter, the 1st quarter, the company announced far lower sales and a loss. According to the company, this loss comes partly because of one of the things that has made Apple's ongoing recovery all that much better, the Blue and White G3. Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: We fully expect to see Boca Research rebound next quarter. This quarter may have been harsh, but the company seems poised to take advantage of Apple's new product lines. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:30 PM]
Adobe Announces Mac ATM Deluxe 4.5
Adobe has announced the Mac version of ATM Deluxe 4.5 along with Type Reunion Deluxe 2.5. The new version includes new features aimed at publishing professionals. Read about them in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Perhaps Adobe is sensitive to Mac users wanting to feel important, or perhaps they have decided that the Windows market is not all that interested in font management software. In either case it is nice to see the Mac version of ATM Deluxe 4.5 hit the market first. This upgrade has been long awaited by the Mac market.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[12:47 PM]
Apple To Shine With AppleMaster Stars At WDC
Apple has announced that four AppleMasters will be making presentations at the next World Wide Developers Conference this May. The presenters include Sinbad, Herbie Hancock, Paul Davis, and John Knoll. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
The Apple Trader
"AAPL Starts To Rise...At Last"
I often run into people, especially those with MBAs, who believe that the stock market is largely a rational affair of ask and bid, of earnings and evaluations. The market certainly is never wrong but it is often freaky and always full of suprising opportunities for profit. No amount of analysis can ever be anything more than nostalgic hindsight pasted over an uncertain future.

Take last week for example. I, for one, had just about had it with AAPL. For months now there has been more action in my municipal bond portfolio. Then, WHAM!, on Thursday AAPL gapped upward over a point at the open and continued to soar through Friday with more than double normal volume. Cool.

Read The Apple Trader

Column
Monday's Mac Gadget
"Watch Your IP Net Traffic"
With the introduction the QuickTime 4 Preview Release, thousands of folks will be checking out the new streaming media feature. Many of them may be wondering at what rate this data is being sent to their computer. Alas, when streaming media is being displayed via a browser plug-in, there is no way to tell the download rate. Several other Mac network applications present a similar dilemma. Time for IPNetMonitor!

Read Monday's Mac Gadget

Headlines For Friday, April 23rd

[Updated 4:46 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 4:46 PM] We have added an update to the news summary for MGL and several more Mac headline links.
[Updated 3:21 PM] We have added news summaries for MacInTouch and IMG and more Mac headline links.
[Updated 2:15 PM] We have added more columns from Applelinks, and lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 11:12 AM] We start off with a news summary from MGL, columns from Applelinks, Low End Mac, and MacOPINION, as well as lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[3:51 PM]
Apple's Stock Continues Climb, Hits 10 Week High
Surprisingly, Apple's stock continued its upward climb that began yesterday with a 5.82% increase. Today Apple's stock closed at 39 3/16, the first time the stock has closed about 39 since February 11th of this year, over 10 weeks ago. Read some of why this is happening (at last) in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Expect more of this to happen during the next few weeks as other non-Mac using analysts start realizing that Apple's comeback is for real. If you don't already, you may want to consider buying some AAPL yourself. :-)

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:33 PM]
New Stock Ticker For The Mac Announced
PennyWise Software has announced a new stock ticker for the Mac called StockWatcher. StockWatcher is an Internet app that can track up to 1000 stocks. Read about it in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:22 PM]
Abbott Systems Auctioning Site Lincenses For Word Processor
Abbott Systems has announced they are auctioning site licenses for their word processor Scorpio. Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is a great idea that lets all participants win. Auctioning the site licenses offers an excellent opportunity for school systems to acquire much needed software inexpensively. Of course it also offers Abbott Systems a great opportunity to get a lot more exposure for their product as well as a chance to get people using it.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:35 PM]
Microsoft Releases FileMaker Add-In For Office 98
Microsoft has released an add-in for Office 98 for the Mac that increases interoperability with FileMaker Pro for the Mac. The add-in is designed to make it easier to import FileMaker Pro databases into Office 98 components like Word 98 and Excel 98. Read about it in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:22 PM]
Apple Releases Blue & White Firmware Upgrade
Apple has released a firmware update for Blue & White G3s and G3 servers. The firmware update improves performance to the overall system by increasing in the PCI bus. Read about it in the Full Story, including download links.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Review
Premiere 5.1 Makes The Upgrade Grade
Like many video professionals, we hesitated before jumping on the Premiere 5.0 bandwagon. Horror stories of missed deadlines and lost projects, plus the lack of Media 100qx drivers, kept some of the many Media 100qx owners using version 4.2.x. Adobe has for some time now made the 5.1 upgrade avalable, and Media 100 has recently released the 5.1 version of their 'QX' drivers.

Read This Review

[11:53 AM]
A Message From Connectix On VGS Situation
Roy McDonald, the President of Connectix, sent us a note about the situation surrounding Virtual Game Station. Yesterday it was announced that a judge had granted a preliminary injunction that prevented Connectix from shipping the PlayStation emulator. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Headlines For Thursday, April 22nd

[Updated 4:45 PM]
Around The Web, Thursday April 22nd
[Updated 4:45 PM] We have added a new summary for IMG and updated our news summary for MGL. We have also added some more Mac headline links.
[Updated 3:01 PM]
We have added a story from the MacAddict,and lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 11:47 AM]
We start off with a news summary from MGL and MacInTouch, columns from Applelinks, The Daily iMac, MacSoldiers, and MacTimes, as well as lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[4:15 PM]
IBM's Earnings Do What Apple's Can't, Apple Stock Up 5.82%
IBM has released their earnings report for the 1st quarter and they beat estimates by US$.10 per hare. Read more about this in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: How ironic that it takes a big quarter from IBM to boost Apple's stock. How ironic also that IBM have lower profits on much higher sales than Microsoft making the hardware that MS software runs on. Not that this is any surprise.

Whatever the case, it is nice to see Apple finally start to see some stock gains.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[Updated 3:01 PM]
Around The Web, Thursday April 22nd
[Updated 3:01 PM] We have added a story from the MacAddict,and lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 11:47 AM]
We start off with a news summary from MGL and MacInTouch, columns from Applelinks, The Daily iMac, MacSoldiers, and MacTimes, as well as lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

Follow-Up
[2:58 PM]
Correction: PC Data Hits List In Error, Apple Not #5 Portable, iMac Fares Better
We spoke to Steven Baker, Director iof Hardware and Services Analysis for PC Data, about the March Hardware Hits List. The original Hits List for March sent out by PC Data is in error. Find out more in the Full Story.

This article is a followup on an article published earlier today entitled "Apple Grabs #5 Portable, #4 Desktop In PC Data Hits List"

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:32 PM]
Top Apple Exec Joins Bungie Software
It's not every day that we get to announce that a top executive from our favorite computer manufacturer has left to be a top exec for our favorite game development company. Today that is the case however as we are happy to report that Peter Tamte, Senior Director of Consumer Marketing for Apple, has left Apple to become Executive Vice President of Publishing for Bungie Software. Bungie is the maker of the MArathon series, Myth: The Fallen Lords and Myth II: Soulblighter, as well as the upcoming sure to be a smash hit "Oni." Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Bungie is more than just the maker of hit games. Bungie is a successful developer AND publisher of Mac games and is one of the few developers to make Mac games from the ground up. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:15 PM]
Apple Grabs #5 Portable, #4 Desktop In PC Data Hits List
PC Data's March Hardware Hits List is out. According to the Hits List, Apple did well in the month of March scoring the number 5 spot in the Portables category and the #4 spot in the desktop category. Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: It would seem that March was another great month for Apple as far as marketshare goes. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[12:48 PM]
Ouch! Federal Court Spanks Connectix On VGS
Despite having won preliminary injunctions sought by Sony to prevent them from shipping Virtual Game Station, a Federal Court of Appeals has issued a stay against Connectix. Virtual Game Station is a PlayStation emulator for the Mac. The court order prohibits Connectix from shipping new copies of Virtual Game Station, but does not affect sold copies or new patches. Connectix also says that the order does not prohibit the company from continuing development of the Windows version of the product that they announced in February. Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is not a death blow for the product, in fact, it will probably simply increase sales and demand for the product should Connectix win this case. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[11:52 AM]
Adobe, Observers Respond To Final Cut Punishment Rumor
Our story that Adobe may be punishing Apple for releasing Final Cut by withholding features on other Mac products like Acrobat garnered a lot of mail. We also asked Adobe to respond before we ran the story, but were not able to speak with Adobe personnel until yesterday. Most of the mail we received told us we were wrong on this rumor and we are relaying some of that mail here.

The Mac Observer Spin: Ok, here is our honest assessment after receiving lots of feedback from lots of people. It is Adobe's job to tell the press that rumors like this are untrue. In this case, however, we believe them.There is more to this however, read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
Ask Dave
"Word Margins, Video Cards, Stuffit, Geoport Modems, and an Observer Call"
And hello! Welcome back, folks.. The questions keep pouring in, and I'm doing my best to keep afloat. This week we have a few straightforward, yet vitally important issues to address, and an "Observer Call" at the end for some of you aspiring techies out there. Enjoy!

Read Ask Dave

Headlines For Wednesday, April 21st

[Updated 4:41 PM]
Around The Web, Wednesday April 21st
[Updated 4:41 PM] We have added a news summary for IMG, columns from MacSoldiers and The Daily iMac as well as more Mac headline links.
[Updated 3:46 AM]
We have added several Mac headline links.
[Updated 11:47 AM]
We start off with a news summary from MGL and MacInTouch, columns from Applelinks and MacTimes, as well as lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[3:54 PM]
Vicomsoft Releases Update To Internet Gateway
Vicomsoft has announced a new version of their popular software gateway app Internet Gateway. The new version brings the routing software to version 6 and includes new features and improved performance. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:58 PM]
Avid Dumping Apple/Observer Call For Other Solutions
Many of you already know that Avid is in the process for dumping Mac support after the release of version 8.0 of Media Composer. MacInTouch has an excellent report on this issue that we encourage you to read. Read more in the Full Story.

Observer Call: There are several companies competing in this arena and we ask the experts in this field to write to us with recommendations, evaluations, suggestions, hints, or any other helpful information in this area. This Observer Call includes information on consumer products as well as midrange and high-end products, so don't hold back. :-)

Write to us at observers@macobserver.com.

The Mac Observer Spin: Avid has been an important part of why Apple has been such a dominant player in the video editing market, particularly in broadcast TV. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:20 PM]
New Higher Education List Serve Announced
A new Apple Higher Education list serve has been launched by Marc LaFountain. The mailing list is called AppleHiEd. Read about it, including the subscription URL in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:57 PM]
Internet Telethon Will Help School Buy Computers
The One School Project has announced they will be holding the first Internet Telethon, or Netathon, to help schools buy computer equipment. The first of event for this project is going to help a school in the Virgin Islands. Read about it in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Tune in and make a donation. There are few things more important than educating our children, no matter where they are. Computers in the classroom are a vital part of a modern education and this project is an excellent cause.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:31 PM]
Aurora Design Announces Uncompressed Option For Igniter
Hot on the heels of a betrayal from Avid (Read about it at MacInTouch), Aurora Design has announced a new Uncompressed option for Igniter. Igniter is a video card/editing solution for the Mac. According to Aurora:

Aurora Design announces the introduction of an uncompressed option to its Igniter product. This option card will allow video professionals to tap into the highest quality video possible. Pricing has not been set at this time and the product is expected to ship by the fall of this year.

Look for the product sometime in the 2nd half of this year.

Aurora Design

[12:55 PM]
Software Lincensing App Updated To Support Internet Rentals
PACE Anti-Piracy has released an update to InterLok, their software licensing engine. The update brings the app to version 1.2 and includes many new features. Read about it in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
My First Mac Was A Typewriter
"How Norton Utilities Saved My Mac/More Y2K"
I am just getting over pneumonia. Vile stuff, pneumonia. I wouldn't wish it on anyone. However it has served to present a comparison to me because my Mac has been a little sick as well. You know - sluggish, tired, short on memory, can't do what it usually can do. I am happy to say though that it has developed neither a runny nose, nor a bad cough. I suspect that I got sick from all the extra stress of buying a house and moving. Perhaps my computer suffers from the move as well. Whatever the reason, it reminds me again of how much I like my Mac and how easy it is to fix it. Before I tell you how I did it remember this important fact; I don't know how my computer works. I have no technical skills related to a computer other than knowing how to turn it on. Nevertheless, I was able to solve the problem without help from anyone else.

Read My First Mac Was A Typewriter

Headlines For Tuesday, April 20th

[Updated 5:30PM]
Around The Web, Tuesday April 20th
[Updated 5:30PM] We have added a news summary for IMG, a column from MacTimes and lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 3:13 PM] We have added a column from Applelinks and more Mac headline links that you can shake a stick at (go ahead, try it).
[Updated 9:59 AM] We start off with a news summary from MGL and MacInTouch, columns from Low End Mac, MacKiDo, Applelinks, and MacOPINION, as well as lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[4:41 PM]
PandoCalendar Gets An Update
The good people at Panda Systems announced another update for PandoCalendar. The update brings the freeware calendar to version 4.4.2 and fixes a bug where the last day of a cycle could be incorectly highlighted on the calendar.

You can download the update at Panda System's web site.

Panda Systems

[4:09 PM]
Internet Radio Station Announces QT4 Streaming Broadcasts Now
One day after QuickTime 4 is officially announced, in Beta, an Internet radio station has already announced that their content is also available as QuickTime 4 streaming content. The station is called GoGaGa Brand Radio and the company that owns it is called The Eclectic Radio Company. Read more about this in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is a pretty fast announcement, especially considering the fact that QuickTime 4 is still officially in Beta. This announcement from Eclectic Radio is a fantastic endorsement of both Apple and QuickTime 4.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:24 PM]
Mac Mobile DJ Software Hits The Market
Fidelity Media has announced a solution for Mac users who are usually ignored in this genre. The product is called MegaSeg and is designed for mobile DJs to use an iMac, PowerBooks, or PowerMac G3 to play their music at gigs. The product allows a DJ to catalogue their music collections, play them, as well as offering other features. Read about this new product in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is a cool product that many Mac DJs will be delighted to have access to. Despite the user friendly aspects of the Mac, it seems that very few DJ, consumer level recording apps, or any other music apps get released for the Mac accept for high-end professional products. We wish Fidelity Media the best of luck!

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:38 PM]
Whoa! Wall Street Money Manager Says Apple "Under Appreciated!"
Observer Frederic Murray sent us a great story from The Street that says some great things about Apple. The Street is a financial web site offering professional news and commentary. The story, titled Compaq Capers, and Why a Turnaround at Apple May Be for Real, spends a good bit of time talking about what we Mac users have known for the last year, Apple is back. Read about this and a quote from the article in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple is undervalued (they have cash on hand that is equal to about 45% of their market value! Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[12:58 PM]
Win A Free iMac From AuctionMac.com
Want a free iMac? The good people at AuctionMac.com are giving away a free iMac in a new contest! All you have to do is head to their site, register for the iMac and hope. :-)

The Mac Observer Spin: Our entire staff is now registered with this contest. It's easy and you don't have to put an item up for auction or buy anything. AuctionMac.com is a great service and we recommend to all Observers that you check it out.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Rumor
[12:29 PM]
Rumor Says Adobe Is Punishing Apple For Releasing Final Cut
We have a reliable source who has given us good information in the past. In order to protect this person's identity we can not divulge the location, parties involved, or his name, but the story carries the ring of truth to us.

Our source suggests to us that Adobe may be punishing Apple for releasing Final Cut (a direct competitor to Adobe's own Premiere) by holding back features in the Mac version of some products such as Acrobat.

The Mac Observer Spin: We did some research on this before we ran it. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
The Name of the Game
"Carmageddon II: This Year's Best Sequel
(Star Wars is a Prequel, People)"
Randy: Gary, I'd like to buy a vowel, because…O… My… God, this is amazing!! Let's have a moment of silence for the millions of pedestrians that gave their lives so that we could have fun.

Gary: That was awesome, man. That may be the most satisfying sequel ever. The boys at SCi really did it right this time. They kept everything that was right about Carmageddon and added great new features as well.

Read The Name of the Game

Headlines For Monday, April 19th

[Updated 5:50 PM]
Beatles Beat Apple Over Name: 20 Year Court Battle Nets Fab Four US$26 Million
[Updated 5:50 PM] Thanks to Observer Tony and Macsurfer's Headline News for pointing us to this Law News Network story that explains much more detail. If you are interested in this, please check it out.

Thanks to Observer Jeff Keivlan and MacInTouch for pointing us to this story. The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that "Apple Computer must pay Apple Corps." The suit involves Apple Corp., a record company founded by all four Beatles in 1968. Read about the Suit in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: If any Observers know more about this case, please send us what you know. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[Updated 4:20 PM]
Around The Web, Monday April 19th
[Updated 4:20 PM] We have added a news summary for MacInTouch and lots more Mac headline links.
[Updated 12:48 PM] We have added columns from MacTimes and more Mac headline links.
[Updated 10:20 AM] We start off with a news summary from MGL, columns from Low End Mac, The Daily iMac, MacOPINION and Applelinks, as well as lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[3:48 PM]
Apple Makes Surprise Announcement Of Open Source QuickTime Server
Apple announced today that it was adding to its Open Source efforts by releasing QuickTime Server software as Open Source. Read all about it in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Who would have thought that Apple would be in the role of Champion of Open Standards. This move by Apple certainly shows that Steve Jobs and his team continue to Think Different. In particular, embracing the IETF standards for streaming is an entirely new approach for Apple and Mr. Jobs who have, until the release of the iMac, relied entirely on technologies developed in house.

This will quite likely thrust QuickTime to the forefront of the streaming content market. This market is JUST now starting to be truly viable and QuickTime 4 will make it more so.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:49 PM]
Best Buy Out...Again. Retailer No Longer Selling iMacs
Our thanks to Observer E. Karsten Smelser who saw this AP report before we did. According to the report, Best Buy will not be selling the 333 MHz iMacs that Apple recently released. Read the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Sigh. We have mixed feelings about Best Buy here at The Mac Observer.Read about it in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:16 PM]
Electrifier Pro 2 Will Support QuickTime 4
Electrifier has announced that their flagship product Electrifier Pro 2 will support QuickTime 4 with its initial release. Electrifier Pro is a multimedia content authoring environment that centers around QuickTime as the delivery format. Read about it in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[12:24 PM]
Adobe Announces Support For Apple/QT 4 In Premiere
Adobe has announced support for Apple's upcoming QuickTime 4 in Premiere. Adobe will be releasing a free plug-in for Premiere that will add support for the new multimedia technology that is soon to be released by Apple. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[11:52 AM]
Avid Ships USB Version Of Cinema
Avid has announced it is shipping a USB version of Avid Cinema that works with iMacs or any USB enabled PowerMac G3. While the new product does not have the same power as the higher-end PCI products from Avid, it is a very powerful consumer product. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
The Apple Trader
"Market Correction & PC Quality Could Help Apple"
Last week Apple's Q2 earnings report came in above First Call's expectations but the stock price goes nowhere in a flatulent market. There seems to be the beginning of a massive portfolio reallocation going on by many of the biggest mutual funds. Gateway, Dell and the other usual PC suspects are all down.

The shifting funds are exiting the various overvalued tech sectors to more mundane stocks that have a higher percentage of their net worth tied up in tangible capitalization like manufacturing plants or real estate. The skies-the-limit PE ratios are starting to make the wiser investors a bit queasy and they're locking in some profit.

Read The Apple Trader

Column
Monday's Mac Gadget
"What's Your Browser Saying?"
Sure, we've talked about tools that will let you monitor data on your network (check our recent OTSessionWatcher review), but what if you want to make things interesting and intelligently monitor and modify the data you are sending and receiving? Muffin is a Java application that will let you do exactly this. With the advances being made in the MRJ (Macintosh Runtime for Java) world, you can now run this and many other Java tools.

Read Monday's Mac Gadget

Headlines For Friday, April 16th

[Updated 5:23 PM]
Around The Web, Friday April 16th
[Updated 5:23 PM] We have added columns from The Daily iMac, MacOPINION, Low End Mac, and Applelinks, as well as a ton of Mac headline links.
[Updated 10:48 AM] We start off with a news summary from MacInTouch and MGL, columns from MacTimes and Applelinks, and lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[4:12 PM]
Astarte Released Two Mac DVD Authoring Tools
Astarte has released two new DVD authoring tools for the Mac called DVDirector Pro and DVDirector. These tools are aimed at the high-end professional market and carry a hefty price. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:42 PM]
PandoCalendar Updated To Version 4.4.1
The good people of Panda Systems have released yet another update to their freeware calendar program, PandoCalendar. The new version is 4.4.1 and includes performance boosts and bug fixes. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:26 PM]
S&P Ups Apple's Rating-Wall Street Glances Apple's Way
After Apple posted its sixth consecutive profitable quarter, higher market share, and outrageous demand for the iMac, Apple finally gets a boost from a Wall Street analyst. Standard & Poor's announced to day that Apple was getting a boost from "Stable" to "Positive." Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: We don't get it. AMD announces that its losses were LESS than expected and their stock goes up 11%. They didn't profit, they just loss less than they were expected to. Apple announces their PROFITS were higher than expected and their stock goes down.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:46 PM]
Play Warcraft II, Win US$100
Global Mac Games has announced that it will offer a cash prize to the top ranked person in their Warcraft II ladder. Global Mac Games is a ladder ranking web site devoted exclusively to Mac gamers. Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: We have not used Global Mac Games yet, but a cash prize for the highest ranked Warcraft II player is certainly a good reason to chek them out.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[12:48 PM]
Sherlock Menu Updated To Version 1.6
Public Access Software has released an update for Sherlock Menu, bringing the utility to version 1.6. Read about it in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[12:15 PM]
Aurora Design Releases New Drivers For Fuse
Aurora Design has released new drivers for Fuse, their professional full screen video, capture, and playback card. The new version, 1.8.1, corrects a bug with version 1.8 of the drivers. You can download the drivers from the Aurora Design web site.

Aurora Design

[11:45 AM]
Guy Kawasaki Announces EvangeList Ceasing Operations!
There are days when things that seem as if they will last forever cease to be. Read about it in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: The EvangeList will be sorely missed by many in the Mac community. Mr. Kawasaki, himself largely responsible for much of the fanatical Mac loyalty, has been busy for most of the last 18 months with his new company Garage.com. It is no surprise that he may have gotten to the point where he no longer has the time to maintain the List. And he certainly right that the List has done its job.

Nonetheless, it is sad to see this bastion of the Mac faithful see its last day.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Headlines For Thursday, April 15th

[4:02 PM]
This Week's Top 10 Most Popular Mac Products At Price Pulse
Nick Matina sent us this week's Top 10 most popular Mac items at Price Pulse, a Mac Observer sponsor. iMac and Blue & White models make up the Top 5, check it out in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[Updated 3:45 PM]
Around The Web, Wednesday April 14th
[Updated 3:45 PM] We have added columns from Applelinks and MacKiDo and lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 10:45 AM] We start off with a news summary from MacInTouch and MGL, columns from, Low End Mac, MacTimes, and The Daily iMac and lots of Mac headline links. We have a special section today for Apple's financial results including yesterday's links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[3:37 PM]
Shoot Like A Cop With New Entertainment Title
Just in time for Tax Day, Jim Plamondon has released QuickShot Deluxe 2. QuickShot Deluxe 2 is a "police style firearms training simulation." The new version provides new features, improved performance and other enhancements. Read about it in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[12:47 PM]
Apple's Q2 Conference Call Breakdown
Yesterday's conference call was very exciting. The company is profitable, sales growth exceeds the industry norm, iMacs are selling like hotcakes, things could hardly be better. We have a breakdown including revenues, profits, cash, numbers, market share, channel inventory, inventory on-hand, and the future. Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: A fantastic quarter for Apple! It is their 6th consecutive profitable quarter as well as the 3rd quarter in a row where they have exceeded analysts predictions.Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[11:58 AM]
Japan Sales Up 50% With 64% New Apple Customers
Apple has been scoring big in Japan with the iMac and Apple confirmed this with some hard numbers yesterday. Find out more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Growing the user base is a big piece of the overall puzzle. In order for Apple to increase their market share, they must attract new developers. In order for Apple to attract new developers, they must increase the Mac's market share. That Catch-22 situation seems to have found it's solution in the guise of the iMac.

Japan has always been a good market for Apple, but it seems to be getting even better!

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[11:23 AM]
Apple's On-Hand Inventory Hits All Time Low
In yesterday's press conference, Apple's CFO Fred Anderson revealed that Apple's on-hand inventory ended the quarter at an incredible one-day on-hand. Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is simply incredible. For a company to be able to remain operational with that low of an on hand inventory and stay reasonably on top of demand is remarkable. Read why this is important in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
Ask Dave
Ethernet Printing, Netscape Prefs, Home Networks, and CrashGuard
Well, Tax day is upon us once again, and in the spirit of making my Mac here at home an official tax deduction, I bring you this week's column! :) We're also trying a new layout this week (without italicized questions), so please let me know what you think.

Read Ask Dave

[4:47 PM-Yesterday]
Apple Profits US$135 Million In Q2!
Apple announced a very strong profit in the 2nd Quarter, declaring US$135 million in profits or US$.84 cents per share. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Full Mac Observer Story

Headlines For Wednesday, April 14th

Top Story
[4:47 PM]
Apple Profits US$135 Million In Q2!
Apple announced a very strong profit in the 2nd Quarter, declaring US$135 million in profits or US$.84 cents per share. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Full Mac Observer Story

[Updated 6:31 PM]
Around The Web, Wednesday April 14th
[Updated 6:31 PM] We have added 3 more headlines about Apple's Q2 results as well as other headline links.
[Updated 6:04 PM] Over the last 2 hours we have added a news summary for IMG, a column from The Daily iMac, an update for MacInTouch, 7 headlines about Apple's Q2 results, and lots more headline links.
[Updated 10:30 AM] We start off with a news summary from MacInTouch and MGL, columns from, Low End Mac, and lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[Updated 4:46 PM]
Across The Board Price Cuts For G3 Upgrade Cards
PowerLogix and MacTell have announced price cuts on their various lines of G3 Upgrade cards for the Mac. Other manufacturers are expected to follow suit with the next day or so. Price lists are in the Full Story.

[Editor's Note: Shortly afer we posted this story, MacTell cut their prices again. The Full Story includes the full updated price list.]

Read The Full Mac Observer Story

[2:30 PM]
PC Users Continue To Pay: Melissa Causes Anti-Virus Sales Spike
PC Data has released statistics on a recent spike in virus protection software in the Windows world as a direct result the Melissa virus. Read about this in the Full Story.

The Editor's Spin: I am writing this from my own perspective today. It amazes me what PC users put up with on a near-daily basis. Events like the Melissa virus are just part of the routine as far as many Windows users are concerned. "Time to buy the virus protection...." "Time to fix the IRQ conflict..." "Time to reinstall Windows..." " Time to pay someone to figure out why my scanner won't work after I installed it..." Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Full Mac Observer Story

[2:13 PM]
OneClick 2 Nears Completion
The good people at WestCode are nearing completion of OneClick 2.0. The new long-awauted version promises to be packed with new features. Find out more in the Full Story.

Read The Full Mac Observer Story

[1:47 PM]
Ch-Ching! Gets A New Update
z Software has released the latest version of Ch-Ching!, bringing the online storefront builder to version 2.6. The update includes new pricing features, improved shipping fee handling, and integration with the cross-platform Adobe Golive 4.0. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Full Mac Observer Story

[12:53 PM]
MetaCreations Announces 2D To 3D Converter
MetaCreations has introduced a new product called Canoma that the company says can take a 2D image of an object and convert it into a 3D model for the web. Read about it in the Full Story.

Read The Full Mac Observer Story

Column
My First Mac Was A Typewriter
Make Your Mac Work For You
The purpose of this week's column is to give you more tips and skills for using your Mac so that you can suitably impress your children, grandchildren, neighbors, etc. with your level of expertise. I make no apologies for this philosophy. We need all the one-upmanship we can get to stay ahead of the 8 year olds.

Read My First Mac Was A Typewriter

Headlines For Tuesday, April 13th

[Updated 5:15 PM]
Around The Web, Tuesday April 13th, 1999
[Updated 5:15 PM] We have added several Mac headline links.
[Updated 3:20 PM] We have added a news summary for IMG, columns from MacTimes, and lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 10:30 AM] We start off with a news summary from MacInTouch and MGL, columns from, Low End Mac, and lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[3:29 PM]
STF Technologies Acquired By Smith Micro
Smith Micro has announced that it has acquired Mac stalwart STF Technologies. In the move, STF will remain a separate entity, but will function as a wholly owned subsidiary of Smith Micro. The purchase comes in the form of a cash buyout and stock swap for STF. Smith Micro plans on leveraging STF's success in the Mac communication software business to make a big splash with Mac Internet phone calls and video phone calls. Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Smith Micro seems pleased to now have a Mac presence with this acquisition. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:09 PM]
More Information On Banana And Cherry iMacs
Observers have been reporting in about Banana and Cherry iMacs [also this followup story]. Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: We are sure that Phil is correct on what he saw, but we are also sure that at some point Apple will introduce Banana and Cherry iMacs to replace Tangerine and Strawberry units. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:58 PM]
Reverend Jackson Goes To Silicon Valley, Meets With Jobs
The San Francisco Chronicle and Mired.com are reporting that Reverend Jesse Jackson had a meeting with Apple's iCEO Steve Jobs yesterday. Read about it in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[12:30 PM]
Mac Compatible CD-RW Drive For USB To Ship Soon
Addonics Technologies has released two new CD-R/CD-RW drives for USB equipped PowerMacs and iMacs. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
The Name of the Game
More O&A with the Idiots
Randy: Hey what are those?
Gary:
I don't know. But they sure are full and warm and postage like.
Randy:
Hey our mail! Man, I knew we had to be getting some mail. How long have you been sleeping on these.
Gary:
Since you blew up my mattress in your last Virtual Nap experiment.
Randy:
Oh yea, sorry about that one. I have to replace those rubber sheets the doctor told you to use too.
Gary:
Shhhhhh, you promised not to mention that.
Randy:
Sorry man. I'm just sharing with our readers.
Gary:
Let's just share some of our best mail and leave it at that.
Randy:
I think our readers would probably like that too.

Read The Name of the Game

[11:24 AM]
New Business Graphics Tool For MacOS X Server
Onyschuk and Associates Inc. announced they are shipping GlyphiX for MacOS X Server. GlyphiX is aimed at businesses needing to draw charts, diagrams, and other business graphics. Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: MacOS X Server has so much promise for the business market and GlyphiX represents some of that promise. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Review
PowerJOLT 400 MHz Upgrade Card Makes Your Mac Go Zoom
We reviewed the PowerJOLT 400 upgrade card from MacTell and were delighted with the results. The card is fast and easy to install. Read about it in the Full Review.

Read The Mac Observer Review

Headlines For Monday, April 12th

[Updated 5:02 PM]
Around The Web, Monday April 12th, 1999
[Updated 5:02 PM] We have added a news summary for IMG and several Mac headlines.
[Updated 4:41 PM] We have added several Mac headlines.
[Updated 11:39 AM] We have added a story from the PowerBook Zone and more Mac headlines.
[Updated 9:52 AM] We start off with a news summary from MacInTouch and MGL, columns from Applelinks, MacOPINION, and a lot of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[4:52 PM]
New Myth II Game Map Makes Myth A New Game
Santa's Head of Clan Plaid, a Myth II Order, has released a remarkable new Myth II map that completely transforms Myth into an entirely new game. Read about it in the Full Story.

MacOS News Around The Web

[4:12 PM]
PowerBook Central Ads New Price Tracking Site
PowerBook Central has added a new site called Mac Tracker. Mac Tracker tracks authorized reseller prices for PowerMacs, PowerBooks, and iMacs. Check it out at the PowerBook Central web site.

Mac Tracker

[4:03 PM]
Tweak Out The Appearance Manager With AppearanceHopper
Weedhopper Press has released the latest version of AppearanceHopper, bringing the utility to version 1.5. Appearance Hopper allows one to tweak all sorts of features normally hidden. Read about it in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:47 PM]
MacTIPS Annoucnes Contest
MacTIPS has announced a contest with software prizes up for grabs. You just need to head over to the site and register to be eligible. Read about it in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:31 PM]
Shedule Events In FileMaker Pro With New Plugin
Waves In Motion has released a new FileMaker plugin called Script Scheduler 1.07 for both Mac and PC. The new plugin is designed to let users script actions in a variety of ways. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Review
PowerJOLT 400 MHz Upgrade Card Makes Your Mac Go Zoom
We reviewed the PowerJOLT 400 upgrade card from MacTell and were delighted with the results. The card is fast and easy to install. Read about it in the Full Review.

Read The Mac Observer Review

[11:22 AM]
Mysterious Apple Device Shows Up On eBay
A mysterious Apple device has shown up for auction on e-bay, the online auction site. The PowerBook Zone not only found this device, they have been in contact with the owner and gotten additional pictures for us to look at. It turns out the device is a prototype set-top device (remember those rumors?) that was being worked in by Apple and British Telecom. The PowerBookZone has the full story and we suggest you take a look.

The Low Down on the "Mysterious Mac Thing" - PowerBook Zone

The Low Down on the "Mysterious Mac Thing" Part 2 - PowerBook Zone

Column
The Apple Trader
Insanities In The Mac Market
Apple is a computer manufacturing company. That's how investors think of Apple, as primarily a PC hardware play. So, when Compaq comes out with earnings at $0.15 a share instead of the expected $0.31 a share, Apple gets clobbered with the rest of the PC dogs. Compaq's failure to meet its mark this quarter illustrates the general weakness of the whole sector, and the Lord knows a weak sector is nowhere to be during the biggest bull market run in the history of capitalism. As we know, Apple (with a Rodney Dangerfieldesque PE of 16) is a value play due to it's extremely undervalued position. In today's market, the smart and not-so-smart money is chasing the large cap stocks with momentum.

Read The Apple Trader

Column
Monday's Mac Gadget
MacGS Eases PostScript Commands
One of the nice things about the PostScript is that you can take a PostScript output file (typically having a .ps suffix) and print it from almost any platform to almost any laser printer. If you are using a recent version of the Apple LaserWriter driver, and have it selected in the Chooser, you can output PostScript and EPS files from the Print dialog. You can print the resulting file by simply dragging it on top of a Desktop Printer, but what if you just want to view it?

Read Monday's Mac Gadget

Review
Rules For Revolutionaries
by Guy Kawasaki

Reviewed by Lisa Hamilton
This little book's less than 200 pages are packed with information for any entrepreneur creating or marketing products and services. It could also be a valuable handbook for small and large business owners, managers, or anyone looking for new ways to think about the business world. "Rules for Revolutionaries" is not a book for the person who is content to buy a McDonald's franchise and follow all the corporate rules. Kawasaki insists that the reader thinks out-of-the-box, and thinks different. This book will get the reader on the right track to escape from confined, two-dimensional thinking....

Read The Mac Observer Review

Headlines For Friday, April 9th

Follow-up and Top Story
[12:59 PM]
Standing Firm: Apple Shipping Banana And Cherry iMacs In New Bunch
A few days ago, the San Francisco Chronicle ran a story saying that Apple would be shipping a Banana and Cherry iMac to replace the Tangerine and Strawberry models that weren't selling so well. We passed this onto our Observers with the opinion that this was a great move. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Follow-up and Top Story
[10:53 PM]
Navigation Services Pref Files Don't Zero Out Data
We got a mass of responses to our original story on the data that MacOS 8.5's Navigation Services stores in its preference files. After some testing and helpful e-mails from Observers, we've come to the conclusion that the Navigation Services preference files are just grabbing unused space on the hard disk and not emptying it. Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: At the same time, this is exactly what so many people have been tense about with Microsoft. There is a difference of course, Word files are traded while the Nav Services preference files aren't going anywhere unless someone maliciously grabs them. In any event, this does not seem up to Apple's usual quality of work.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[Updated 5:36 PM]
Around The Web, Friday April 9th, 1999
[Updated 5:36 PM] - We have added a news summary for IMG and updated our summaries for MGL and MacInTouch. We have also added many Mac headlines links.
[Updated 4:40 PM] - We have added many Mac headlines links.
[Updated 2:25 PM] - We have added many Mac headlines links.
[Updated 12:10 PM] - We start off with a news summary for MGL, MacInTouch, and MacFixit as well as columns from MacOPINION, and a ton of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[4:38 PM]
CanOpener Can Help Avoid Melissa-Like Viruses
Ken Abbott of Abbott Systems sent us a note saying that CanOpener can help avoid viruses like the Melissa Virus that recently plagued the Internet. This is because of the way that CanOpener actually opens the files. Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Since CanOpener does not use proprietary formatting and other information in files when it opens them, it does not trigger things like Word Macro viruses. This does NOT mean that CanOpener will detect or eliminate a virus from an infected file, it simply means that one can access the text content of a file without giving a potential virus the opportunity to do its work.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:35 PM]
Adrenaline Updates Charts Pro
Adrenaline has released an update to Adrenaline Charts Pro to correct a bug. The new version brings the charting software to version 1.04. Read about it in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:10 PM]
MacServerIP Supports Apple File Protocol over TCP/IP In NT
Team ASA has announced they are shipping MacServerIP. MacServerIP supports Apple file protocols in Windows NT and Team ASA claims it does so far better than NT's built-in Services For Macintosh. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:50 PM]
FireWire Consortium Keen On The Future
The 1394 Trade Association thinks that the future is very bright for FireWire. In a press release aimed at bolstering public awareness for FireWire, the Consortium backed up these feelings with statements from many of the companies involved with FireWire products. Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: With Intel trying its best to try and make USB2 a competitor to FireWire, it is important for the 1394 Trade Association to make sure the world knows about how successful FireWire already is. Intel's efforts are probably useless as USB2 can't even match the performance of the current FireWire standard, let alone upcoming FireWire technologies.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:21 PM]
MacPEAK and Cygnet Work Together To Make Mac DVD-RAM Jukebox
MacPEAK and Cygnet Storage Solutions have announced that Mac users can use MacPEAK's MacJuke software with Cygnet's DVD-RAM jukeboxes, the DVD 100. DVD-RAM jukeboxes allow for multiple DVD-RAM discs to be used for network archiving, especially for large amounts of data. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Headlines For Thursday, April 8th

[4:15 PM]
Final Confirmation On Faster iMacs, No New Colors :-(
We have final confirmation [Editor's Note: First reported on March 24th], on the release of faster iMacs. An anonymous CompUSA employee sent us SKU numbers and a few notes. Read about it in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Ok, no new colors as reported by The San Francisco Chronicle yesterday and wished for by The Mac Observer, but the speed bump is confirmed.

We will keep you updated as we get closer to the release date. Any Observers seeing the new units arrive are requested to let us know.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:32 PM]
Snarf Web Sites With New Mac Product
Do you have need of downloading an entire web site? A new product by SFS Software of Germany allows you to do just that. The product is called SiteEater 2.0 for Mac and is their first Mac product. SFS products are made in Java, but the company has put it together with a Mac specific intaller to make it easier. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[Updated 3:20 PM]
Around The Web, Thursday April 8th, 1999
[Updated 3:20 PM] - We have added lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 11:30 AM] - We start off with a news summary for MGL and MacInTouch, columns from MacOPINION, and a ton of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[2:24 PM]
Aladdin Releases Needed Update To Stuffit Expander/DropStuff
Aladdin has released updaters for Stuffit Expander 5.1 and DropStuff With Expander 5.1 bringing the utilities to version 5.1.2. The new updates fix bugs that affected many Stuffit 5.1 users. Read about it in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:42 PM]
Apple About To Change AppleCare...For The Worse
Wes George, our own Apple Trader, found a very interesting post on the stock boards from a poster known as "soup." Wes says that soup is known for being accurate and reliable. Read about it in the Full Story.

Mac Observer Call: We are not privy to Apple's books and other financial information, and as such we are not privy to how badly this move may be needed. From a customer service perception however, Apple needs to increase their efforts to offer great warranty coverage, not decrease it. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[12:54 PM]
Navigation Services Storing Personal Information
Ask Dave and an Observer named Virgil have uncovered an interesting situation with the preference files for Navigation Services in MacOS 8.5. Read about it in the Full Story.

Mac Observer Call: We are currently performing more tests on this matter and request feedback from Observers with more information.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
Ask Dave
"Upgrading To 8.5.1, Multiple Monitors, Partition Errors, And Nav Services"
I'm back once again with a whole slew of questions. This weeks column features a lot of referenced information at Apple's Tech Info Library, and also contains a very interesting submission from a reader about Navigation Services and the personal information it secretly stores in your preference files. Curious? Well, then, read on!

Read Ask Dave

Headlines For Wednesday, April 7th

[3:35 PM]
San Francisco Chronicle Predicts Banana And Cherry iMacs
As rumors, reports, and confirmations continue on an imminent release of faster iMacs, The San Francisco Chronicle has weighed in with the prediction that a Banana and Cherry model will replace the less than popular Tangerine and Strawberry models. Please check out the San Francisco Chronicle article for more information.

The Mac Observer Spin: We will admit its always nice to have hindsight confirm wishful thinking. If this latest iteration of iMac rumors proves to be correct, our wish for a Banana iMac will have been granted at the same time as our first call that a faster iMac was on the way is confirmed. This would be a great move for Apple to make in any event. A yellow iMac will sell like hotcakes (i.e. it may supplant Grape as the second most popular color).

Of course, the flip side is that this all ends up being balderdash and we have a heapin' helpin' of egg on our face.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[Updated 3:34 PM]
Around The Web, Wednesday April 7th, 1999
[Updated 3:34 PM] - We have added more Mac headlines.
[Updated 2:03 PM] - We have added a news summary of IMG and several Mac headlines.
[Updated 1:01 PM] - We have added another Applelinks column summary and several Mac headline links.
[Updated 10:48 AM] - We start off with a news summary for MGL and MacInTouch, columns from Applelinks, The Daily iMac. and MacOPINION, and a ton of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[2:21 PM]
Franglophile Gets An Update
Scott Carpenter and P. Caudron have released a new update for Franglophile, their English-to-French and French-to-English translator. The new version is version 1.5. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:11 PM]
Make Your Mac Sound Like The Hot Rod It Is
The good people at Clixsounds have released another free sound for your Mac. This one is called "Hot Rod," and sounds like its name....err....sounds like, a hot rod. According to Clixsounds:

Make PCs eat your dust every time your Mac needs attention with the "Hot Rod" alert sound from Clixsounds. This high-octane stereo sound is an authentic recording of a 5.0-liter engine screaming a powerful rev, and will definitely get you in gear when you mess up!

You can use this sound as a system alert or somewhere else on your Mac. Head over to the Clixsounds site to grab a copy.

Clixsounds

[1:05 PM]
Apple Scores With White House Easter Egg Roll
Apple scored a fantastic public relations coup by getting 50 iMacs involved in the annual Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn. Read about it in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's iCEO Steve Jobs has been close to the White House since at least his return to Apple in 1997. It was shortly thereafter that he and his wife had dinner at the White House, and sometime after that that President and Mrs. Clinton had dinner at the Jobs's house in California. The White House's choice of iMacs at the Egg Roll is nothing short of a great PR score for Apple.

We would love to hear from Washington DC area Apple retailers (and retailers from anywhere else) who sold iMacs to people after they attended the Egg Roll or were otherwise influenced by this event. Send us e-mail at observers@macobserver.com.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[12:45 PM]
Apple Offers Free Yosemite/Studio Display In Apple Design Contest
In a great publicity move, Apple has announced the prizes and set the stage for this years Design Contest. Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple has rarely been known for its outstanding relationship with developers. Efforts like this are a great step towards making this poor reputation a thing of the past. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[11:50 AM]
Shareware Product Makes Seamless Textures
In a separate release from Artis Software [Editor's Note: See our story on Lupe 1.1], the company has announced Texture Magic. This product is designed to make seamless textures for use as repeating backgrounds. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[11:36 AM]
Freeware Product Magnifies Your Desktop
Artis Software has announced a new freeware product called Lupe 1.1. Like its namesake, a lupe, Lupe 1.1 magnifies things, but we are talking things on your desktop. Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: This product sounds perfect for people wanting to run high resolutions on their smaller monitors while still being able to read text on the screen.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
My First Mac Was A Typewriter
"A Mac Y2K Primer For The Novice"
"We may not have got everything right, but at least we knew the century was going to end."

This quote from Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Universe, designer of Starship Titanic, and a Mac Master, made me laugh out loud. He is referring to the "Y2K problem".

If you are like me you have been inundated with information about the Y2K Problem. In Austin, Texas where I live we have had newspaper articles about survivalist who think the entire world is going to shut down and airplanes are going to drop from the sky who are stocking their shelves and buying guns and making preparation to protect their families. We also get lots of policy statements from government agencies to reassure us that "everything is under control."

Read My First Mac Was A Typewriter

Headlines For Tuesday, April 6th

[Updated 2:19 PM]
Around The Web, Tuesday April 6th, 1999
[Updated 2:19 PM] - We have updated our MacInTouch news summary and added several Mac headlines.
[Updated 10:48 AM]
- We start off with a news summary for MGL and MacInTouch, and columns from Applelinks, The Daily iMac, and MacOPINION. We also have many Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[1:47 PM]
Time Palette Updated To 3.1
Trygve Inda has updated Time Palette, bringing the shareware Mac time utility to version 3.1. the new version includes more support for Daylight Savings, and some map updates. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[12:58 PM]
Quantum Software Releases Import Filters For Pro Fit
Quantum Software has released a set of import filters for Pro Fit 5.1, their data analysis, nonlinear curve fitting, and plotting application. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[12:41 PM]
Two USB Hard Drives Plug Into The Market
Fantom Drives has introduced two new hard drives that connect to your Mac via USB. The two drives are 4.3 GB and 8.4 GB respectively and are aimed at novice users looking to expand their storage options. Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: USB hard drives are ideal for consumers who do NOT want or need to hassle with trying to install either a SCSI or IDE hard drive. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[11:27 AM]
Former VW Ad Exec Moving To Apple, Good Thing Too
Advertising Age is reporting that Steve Wilhite may be taking a post at Apple as VP of marketing and possibly a combined position that would include the spot Senior Director of Worldwide Marketing Communications Read about it in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: The comparisons between the iMac and VW (new) Beetle have been raging since their release. Now in an ironic twist, the comparisons come home in full circle that probably has more to it than mere coincidence. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[4:41 PM, MArch 5th]
333 MHz iMacs On The Way
C-NET is reporting that faster iMacs are indeed on the way (we reported this possibility on March 24th). Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Well isn't this some great news! We are hoping that it is indeed true as Apple needs a faster iMac to compete against Intel's new Pentium III campaign and cheaper PCs running on the Cyrix and Celeron chips. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Headlines For Monday, April 5th

Top Story
[4:41 PM]
333 MHz iMacs On The Way
C-NET is reporting that faster iMacs are indeed on the way (we reported this possibility on March 24th). Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Well isn't this some great news! We are hoping that it is indeed true as Apple needs a faster iMac to compete against Intel's new Pentium III campaign and cheaper PCs running on the Cyrix and Celeron chips. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Corrected [5:46 PM]
Epson Rolls Out Network Ready Mac Printer
Corrected [5:46 PM]
We reported earlier that this printer required a non-Mac server and this is not correct. The Epson Stylus Color 900N includes its own internal server that is configured from a browser. In addition, the USB port will directly support the Mac. Thanks to Byron Sinor for pointing out our mistake!

The good people at Epson have released a new printer for the Mac that includes built-in networking capabilities. The Epson Stylus Color 900N provides fast photo-quaility output (12 ppm black and 10 ppm color) and all the other usual Epson features. While the printer is network ready and will support Mac clients, it does require a non-Mac server. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[Updated 6:22 PM]
Around The Web, Monday April 5th, 1999
[Updated 6:22 PM] - We have added another Applelinks story summary and more Mac headline links.
[Updated 5:37 PM]
- We have added a MacInTouch news summary and more Mac headline links.
[Updated 5:28 PM]
- We have added more Mac headline links.
[Updated 5:14 PM]
- We have added more Mac headline links.
[Updated 12:48 PM]
- We have added a news summary for IMG and more Mac headline links.
[Updated 10:58 AM]
- We have added a news summary for MGL, column summaries from Low End Mac, Applelinks, and MacOPINION, and lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[4:02 PM]
New Mac Site Caters To New Mac Users
A new Mac site called MacTIPS has officially launched. MacTIPS seeks to offer help and guidance to new Mac users and users looking to get more out of their Macs. Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer would like to extend a big welcome to MacTIPS! You will be able to find links to MacTIPS feature articles on MacOS News Around The Web.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:51 PM]
CD Caterpillar Updated To Version 2.0
Inspired Logic has released the latest version of CD Caterpillar brining the educational software to version 2.0. Cd Caterpillar is designed to help young children learn to read. The new version includes more reading material as well as the ability to print. Read about it in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:04 PM]
Serial To USB Converters Abound
Entrega announced a USB to Serial converter for both Mac 8-pin serial ports and a converter for 9-pin (PC) serial ports. The devices allow Mac users to connect serial devices to their USB Macs without having to use a PCI serial port card. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:17 PM]
USB To Serial Converter Connects PDAs to USB Macs
Keyspan has released a new product for Blue & White PowerMac and iMac owners. The USB PDA Adapter will allow PDAs with serial connections connect to these Macs without serial ports without having to use a PCI serial port card. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:19 PM]
TextSOAP Gets Updated To 2.01
Unmarked Software has announced a new version of TextSOAP, bringing the text cleaning filter to version 2.01. The new version includes better support for BBEdit, bug fixes, and more. Read about it in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[11:46 AM]
Price Pulse Reveals Most Popular iMac Color And This Week's Top 10 Items
Nick Matina sent us a list of the 10 most popular items that are clicked on from the PricePulse site. PricePulse tracks pricing on Mac hardware and links to the lowest prices for each item. Mr. Matina also sent us a compilation of data collected during the last three months on which iMac was the most sought after by PricePulse customers. Read about it in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Interesting data, especially if you are like us and like Trivia. It has long been known that Blueberry and Grape were the two most popular iMac colors. This data not only confirms this, it also shows us that the other 3 colors run neck and neck. We would like to thank Mr. Matina for sharing his data with us.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
The Apple Trader
"A Technical Analysis Of AAPL"
Since February the price of Apple stock has been testing support at $32 and found it to be rock solid. Fortunately, support in the low 30s held. If it had broken down, there would have been panic selling down to $25. That was just what the shorts were hoping for. The support level at $32 is now stronger than ever as daytraders and market makers highlight that level in their own technical schema of the AAPL stockscape as the probable low for the year.

Read The Apple Trader

Column
Monday's Mac Gadget
"Remember Those Birthdays And Such"
Ever forget one of those big days, like a birthday or anniversary, because your reminders were scattered among a variety of calendars, notebooks, and paper scraps? Or been surprised to learn that an important day is at the beginning of the month when you flip the calendar page? Birthdays and Such to the rescue!

Read Monday's Mac Gadget

Headlines For Friday, April 2nd

[Updated 5:22 PM]
Around The Web, Friday April 2nd, 1999
[Updated 5:22 PM] - We have added a news summary for IMG and more Mac headlines.
[Updated 5:10 PM] - We have added many Mac headlines.
[Updated 3:15 PM] - We have added many Mac headlines.
[Updated 11:57 AM] - We have a news summary from MGL, columns from Applelinks and MacOPINION, and many Mac headlines.

MacOS News Around The Web

[4:29 PM]
Contour Completes Rainbow With Banana UniMouse
Contour Design has announced a 6th color in it's line of USB 3-button mice. Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple should have released a yellow iMac. Read about it in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:32 PM]
Formac To Relase 500 MHz Upgrade Card
Our friends at The Mac Treasures Racing Club (gotta love that name) have sent us word that Formac will be releasing a 500 MHz upgrade card in the middle of May. Read the juicy gossip in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: A cool development. Read why in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:02 PM]
Foxchange Has Technical Difficulties, New Links For Games
Foxchange Software dropped us a note about some difficulties they were having with their web site and links to their games. We'll let them tell the story.

This is an emergency press release notifacation, one that I really wish I did not have to make. And more important there is now a page that list all games pages, download links ect in 1 quick page, http://www.foxchange.com/List.htm.

Foxchange Shareware

[1:23 PM]
Mailsmith Has A Birthday, Turns 1.1.3
The good people at Bare Bones Software have updated Mailsmith, bringing their mail client to version 1.1.3. The new version includes new features and enhanced performance. Read about this update in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[12:45 PM]
New Shareware Tool Simulates Vernier Caliper
One of our favorite shareware authors, Yves Pelletier has released another new tool aimed at the education market. This one is called YP Vernier and is designed to simulate a vernier caliper. Read about it in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[11:04 AM]
USB Coming To A PDA Near You
A new technology developed by Micrel makes it possible for manufacturers to bridge the major stumbling block that has kept them from bringing USB to PDAs. The new technology converts the signal voltage used in the ASICs found in PDAs and other portable devices to the voltage used by USB. Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Once again, there are several layers to this story. Find out about them in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[10:28 AM]
Game Development Tool To Be Brought To The Mac
The Motion Factory has announced plans to port their game development tool Motivate to the Mac as well as Sony PlayStation 2 and Sega DreamCast. Motivate is used with animating characters in games. Read more about it in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Such a change! Motivate is a popular development tool in the PC gaming world. Having the Motion Factory bring this package to the Mac is a big boost for Mac game development. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[10:19 AM]
The Mac Observer Tricks Thousands With April Fool's Story
OK, our top story yesterday was an April Fool's Joke! Thousands of people read the story and many of you wrote in about it. We couldn't resist writing the story, it has become a tradition in the Mac news community. :-) To everyone with a sense of humor, thank you!

Read The Mac Observer April Fool's Story

Headlines For Thursday, April 1st

Top Story
[10:54 PM]
Microsoft Announces New Direction, Windows May Be Out
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gate has announced a new direction for Microsoft. The software giant will no longer churn out bad code, intimidate competitors, or dump products to put competitors out of business. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[Updated 5:26 PM]
Around The Web, Thursday April 1st, 1999
[Updated 5:41 PM] - We have added a news summary for Applelinks and more headlines.
[Updated 5:26 PM]
- We have added many more Mac headlines and a new column.
[Updated 3:29 PM]
- We have added more Mac headlines and a news summary for IMG.
[Updated 3:10 PM]
- We have added many Mac headlines.
[Updated 12:26 AM]
- We have a news summary for MGL, columns from MacTimes, Low End Mac, and Mac Soldiers, as well as many Mac headlines.

MacOS News Around The Web

[Updated 3:15 PM]
Apple Canceling Laser Printers (NOT An April Fool's Joke)
[Updated 3:15 PM] We have received word from an Apple spokesperson on this. You can read about it in the Full Story.

We received word from an anonymous Observer who received information from an Apple rep saying that Apple was canceling the LaserWriter 8500, their sole remaining Laser printer offering. Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is actually not a bad move for Apple. Find out why in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:29 PM]
Apple Claims 2.2 Million QT Downloads, 6.4 Million Star Wars Downloads
Apple has definitely scored a major success with the QuickTIme Star Wars Episode I Trailer. Apple and LucasFilms released the latest trailer for the new Star Wars movie in QuickTIme format only and then jointly promoted the event. Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Now this is far more important than just the fact that Apple gets 2.2 million opportunities to sell an upgrade to QuickTime 3 Pro. Find out why in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:47 PM]
Microsoft Releases Patch For Word/Excel Sig ID, Other Problems Still Present
Microsoft has released a patch for Office 98 users concerned about the unique identifier inserted into documents by Word 98 and Office 98. An Observer named Chris Lawson reports after using the updater. His experience showed that the ID problem was indeed solved, but that there were still some issues left unresolved. Read more about this in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[12:33 PM]
MacHack Announces Winning Papers
The good people at MacHack have announced the winning papers that will be presented at the conference being held in June. MacHack is an annual gathering of some of the brightest minds in the Mac development community. Every conference presents a select number of papers and today's announcement includes the winning submissions. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
Ask Dave
"The QuickTime/SimpleText Connection, 8.5.1 RAM, and Miscreant SCSI Busses"
Dave once again brings us answers to pressing Mac problems. This week Dave revisits a strange error message from last week as well as tackling new issues on SCSI Busses, "weird" RAM issues with System 8.5.1, and that annoying situation where your Mac asks for a CD that's not there.

Read Ask Dave



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